New York : President Donald Trump’s executive order to temporarily halt issuance of green cards aims to “turn off the faucet” of new immigrant labour and is the beginning of a broader strategy to reduce the flow of foreigners into the US, architect of Trump’s immigration agenda Stephen Miller has said. President Trump signed the executive order on Wednesday to suspend certain types of immigration into the US for 60 days to protect the jobs of Americans laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has ravaged the country’s economy. According to a report in The Washington Post, Miller spoke to a group of Trump surrogates on Thursday in an off-the-record call about the new executive order and told them that the president’s new executive order curbing immigration will usher in the broader long-term changes to immigration into America.
Miller told the group that subsequent measures were under consideration that would restrict guest worker programmes, but the executive order turns the faucet off of new immigrant labour coming into the country. “The first and most important thing is to turn off the faucet of new immigrant labour ? mission accomplished ? with signing that executive order,” he said, according to a recording obtained by the leading American daily. The report said that Miller indicated that the strategy was part of a long-term vision and not seen only as a stopgap. “As a numerical proposition, when you suspend the entry of a new immigrant from abroad, you’re also reducing immigration further because the chains of follow-on migration that are disrupted,” said Miller, one of the executive order’s main authors. “So the benefit to American workers compounds with time,” he said. The report also said that the Trump administration had been trying for years to scrap the family-based US immigration model, which Miller has called “chain migration” that enables US citizens and the Green Card holders to bring in parents, adult children and siblings into the US. Last year, the State Department issued about 460,000 immigrant visas, and more than half were in the categories the order halts. (Source : Indian Express)